Two doctors from Toronto speak out against it. Short-sighted advice.
Rather than saying “no”, academia needs to find constructive ways to embrace to medium. Blogging gives physicians a prominent voice in the health care debate, which will be essential as health policy changes in the United States.
Mainstream media regularly reads physician blogs, and they can be used to shape messages and provide rapid response to controversy.
Perhaps in a single-payer system like Canada, where doctors may be used to having no voice, issues like these are less relevant.
Furthermore, current crop of medical students grew up on blogging, Facebook and MySpace. Asking them to give up blogging to appease the ignorance of a backwards medical establishment is not a realistic agenda.